CA Governor Signs Law To Ban "Homosexual Cure" Therapy


California Governor Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he has signed Senate Bill 1172 into law, which prohibits children under 18 from undergoing "sexual orientation change efforts." The goes into effect January 1, 2013 and California becomes the first state to ban therapy that attempts to help teens with homosexual tendencies live hetero-sexual lives.

Clarissa Filgioun, board president of Equality California, said in a press release:

"Governor Brown today reaffirmed what medical and mental health organizations have made clear: Efforts to change minors' sexual orientation are not therapy, they are the relics of prejudice and abuse that have inflicted untold harm on young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians."

"We thank Senator Ted Lieu and Governor Brown for their efforts in making California a leader in banning this deceptive and harmful practice."

One man who had been through the therapy testified in a legal challenge to Proposition 8. Ryan Kendall described his experience: “As a young teen, the anti-gay practice of so-called conversion therapy destroyed my life and tore apart my family. In order to stop the therapy that misled my parents into believing that I could somehow be made straight, I was forced to run away from home, surrender myself to the local department of human services, and legally separate myself from my family. At the age of 16, I had lost everything. My family and my faith had rejected me, and the damaging messages of conversion therapy, coupled with this rejection, drove me to the brink of suicide.”

First consider that the state is now telling state-licensed therapists what they can or cannot do in this situation. Though the law is specific that it "prohibits state-licensed therapists from engaging in these practices with minors," there is no doubt in my mind that Christian pastors and those who would seek to deal with people biblically will be next on their agenda of those they seek to silence.

Second consider Ryan. While I don't know what he was put through, he was only sixteen years old. He had obviously made no attempts to live on his own or support himself. Therefore, it seems appropriate that his parents be in control of what was taking place in his life, though it seems they should have been even more involved in what was taking place.

Senator Ted Lieu (D_Torrance) sponsored the bill. I wrote abut this bill and the Senator back in August when it made headlines.

"I am deeply honored Governor Brown signed SB 1172. The bill is necessary because children were being psychologically abused by reparative therapists who would try to change the child’s sexual orientation. An entire house of medicine has rejected gay conversion therapy. Not only does it not work but it is harmful. Patients who go through this have gone through guilt and shame, and some have committed suicide," Lieu told NBS News.

NBC reports,

The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), a group of therapists who believe sexual orientation can be changed, opposed the bill. It said Lieu’s claims of widespread harms to minors are not backed up by scientific research.

In a statement, NARTH said plans to seek a temporary injunction against the law.

Meanwhile, other states have inquired about the legislation. In New Jersey, Assemblyman Tim Eustace, an openly gay Democrat, said he plans to introduce legislation to outlaw conversion therapy for minors in his state.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZXBXB2ER5P4ZNCBEZVITE5FTEI morris

    Could it be that, as most Californians already know, he is a homosexual. Yeah, during his first term, Linda Ronstead went with him on a Vacation to Africa, but after they touched down she didn't see him again till they left. She also implied that he was out visiting African homosexuals.
    Allowing "homosexual therapy" would be an admission that homosexuality is a psychological problem that can be fixed with therapy and how can he condemn his own deviant practices.

  • ThomNJ

    Brown, you can and will rot in Hell.

  • Melissa Frost

    I believe that being Gay is not a choice. I am not gay nor do I have gay children. However, if my child was gay, I would not put them through some cruel and further damaging "therapy". I'm conservative, but I realize the world is not a perfect place. I refuse to judge someone when I don't think it is their choice to be gay. We are all Gods children.

  • EIM

    Gov. Moonbeam signed the bill giving illegals the right to get a drivers license, guess who is going to pay for their Insurance.

  • EIM

    Did you expect anything else from Gov. Moonbeam.

  • servant

    Of course, how else can they propagate, for their NEXT generation?
    This alone, should tell all this garbage just ain't natural, for any human being to pursue nor engage in! But evil is as evil does, via Satan, yet all are able to be saved in Christ Jesus who loves each one of us, even while we were yet sinners, HE died for our sins. Even those living, and practicing this stuff, in Sodom by the Bay and Gomorrah on the Hudson, and all points in between

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6XFSLQ5ZBZK65BI2QCI4O452XA Mama Mia

    As usual, the liberals are not happy until they control every moment of everyone else's life........Stupid control freaks who have NO BUSINESS telling parents (much less legislating) how they should raise their kids and what is best for them!! This time the "NANNY" has gone too far! FU GAY MOONBEAM! You can shove this law straight up your Commie keister!!

  • Einstein lives

    HomosexuaIs only live to be 38 years old on average as of about15 years ago, before aids the average life span was only 42 years of age. It may be down to mid 30's by now with drug resistant strains of STDs, and suicide, so is Governor Jerry Brown responsible for the deaths of all these HomosexuaIs? or Is actually trying to personally eliminate them by encouraging them to live their death style?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dean-Cobb/100003329948133 Dean Cobb

    I don't see this as a big deal. I believe that homosexuality is genetic and that one day science will prove it, so deprogramming is not going to work anyway and unnecessarily puts these poor souls through anguish. I really don't think anyone would choose it given the suffering they go through, particularly in their younger years. That's like saying someone with multiple sclerosis can be deprogrammed into not having it. I believe homosexual activity is wrong and same sex marriages should not be legal, but I do have some compassion for these people who must live a difficult life. Give this some thought: Once homosexuality is proven to be genetic, how many couples that believe in abortion will knowingly give birth to a homosexual child? Hmmm?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tamara.dippel Tamara Dippel

      you're a eugenicist prick.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000401563349 Lewis Sanborn

      Give this some thought: Once homosexuality is proven to be PROGRAMMED, how
      many couples that believe in abortion will knowingly give birth to a
      beautiful child? Hmmm?

    • Mike6

      Gay marriage issue is a red herring. Homosexulity is more about perverts and pedophiles hanging around airports, bus stations, military bars, boy scout camps, and Penn State football locker rooms.
      Gays do not belong in the military. Can you imagine how a soldier would worry in a fox hole under intense sniper fire and mortar shelling fearing the sexual orientaion of his sargeant.

  • Josephco

    If they start converting gays into straights - what is to become of Hollywood and San Francisco.?

  • Dave

    Gov Brown is making a decision he isn't capable of making and stealing the rights of the parents in the process.

  • Dave

    Homosexuality doesn't have a genetic cause, the results from the human genome project proves that. So what is left?? The problem has to be between the ears, homosexuality is a mental disorder.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DQ5R7HVJVUVFGWRYGWRYZSYT3A John

    WHY WOULDN'T HE, AND THEY WONDER WHY CALIFORNIA IS BROKE

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micheal-Stone-Sr/100003190509303 Micheal Stone Sr.

    ive always figured brown for queer!

    • Mike6

      Obama and Rahm belonged to the same Chicago Gay Mens Bath Club and Rahm was a male ballet dancer and we know what that means. I noticed the swishy way the WON walks to the podium and that worried me. Why did he marry a woman who looks like a man?

  • Dean

    Nothing good comes out of California!

    • Anthony San Diego

      Not true! Look at all the business people leaving
      for greener pastures and less taxes.

    • ThomNJ

      The problem is that too many of the flakes are leaving as well - just as they did in the 1970s - look at what they did to Washington and Oregon, and more recently Colorado.

  • 1gentready

    Governor Brown does not want to be cured.

  • VINCERE

    I'm starting to wonder about this morin who RULES Kalifornya. Perhaps, he IS gay, and loves it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neil-Glenn/1040961184 Neil Glenn

      Don't know if this is true, but, Gov. "Moonbeam" Brown IS a wack-o nut job, fresh from the land of fruit and nuts! Californians who voted for him DESERVE him! Is it any wonder why the rest of the U.S. (except for the libs, maybe!) could care less if Cal. broke off and slid into the ocean?

    • TLady62

      I have officially renamed it Unicornia, since it is run by Unicorns. And Gov.Moonbeam is the Chief Unicorn.

    • Mike6

      Governor Jerry also signed a law that instructs CA teachers to teach our kids that homosexuality is like being left handed. I wonder how a poor CA teacher would feel if her kid came home late from a party and told her that he/she needed an AIDS test the first thing in the morning?

  • fliteking

    Is Gov. Brown hoping for a more liberal "Lewinsky moment" ?